First of all, it’s important to bring plenty of options. The worst-case scenario is that you don’t bring very many choices and none of them work. More options means we don’t have to worry about it.
Faded Jeans photograph well, though they often aren’t in the picture
Occasionally I’ll shoot someone in pants, so if you really feel comfortable in them, bring them along
Crisp, collared dress-type shirts work very well and are a headshot staple
Crisp, collared oxford-type shirts also work well and are a headshot staple
V-neck sweaters sometimes work well
Sweaters that button down or zip up can work as long as they are not too bulky
For guys that are trim, a T-shirt by itself can be great, as long as the shirt is crisp and the neck fits nicely. If the shirt is too loose around the neck it’ll look sloppy. Consider a V-neck as well.
A crisp, well-fitting white t-shirt to wear underneath a sweater or other shirt is critical
Sometimes a suit jacket or even a leather jacket works well.
For guys with a younger look, a jacket should be more thrift store than Brooks Brothers. If you are more of an establishment type of person (notice I didn’t say distinguished), the reverse holds true. And it totally depends on what you wear with it.A t-shirt with a crisp jacket dresses it down, but a collared shirt with a jacket says, “The Man.” It all depends on how you are cast. But even younger guys can work a more conservative jacket if you are more of a banana republic type. You know what looks good on you and, of course, what’s in your closet.
If there are clothes that you really feel represent you and they don’t actually fit into these guidelines, bring them anyway. We want a picture that you’ll really be happy with, and you never know what’s going to work.
Depending on your style and age, anything that looks like the Gap, Banana Republic, J-Crew or H&M is probably what we want
Bring lots of options. The more choices we have the better the pictures come out
Don’t bring rounded neck or turtleneck sweaters
Don’t wear stripes, plaid, or checkers… NO PATTERNS! It’s about the face, not the shirt!
Don’t stay up late the night before
Logo t-shirts are no good
Don’t bring worn or frayed shirts
Don’t bring your clothes all rumpled
Don’t worry about bringing several pairs of shoes. They won’t be in the picture
Your hair should be clean and styled the way you normally wear it. If you are due for a haircut, consider getting it maybe a week before. We want you to look your best. Also, make sure your nose hair is trimmed. The camera sees you in much greater detail than you’d imagine
If we shoot inside, bring music you like, Make sure it has lots of energy
Drink plenty of water; it’s good for the skin
Here is a good overview of color theory. It’s not as good as having your colors professionally done, but should serve as a good starting point. Bring a range of cool and warm colors if you aren’t sure As a general rule, you want to avoid colors that are too saturated or bold because the first thing the person notices in the photo is the vibrant color of the shirt rather than the eyes
To see what I mean…
Bright colors draw the viewer’s eye when we want them to focus on you.
Also, it seems like no matter what season (complexion) a person has, a black or navy oxford or dress shirt always seems to work.
Make sure the clothes are well-pressed and wrinkle-free when you get here.
If you have any questions feel free to call or email me and we can talk about it. This list is not comprehensive, and you don’t need to feel like you have to bring everything. It’s just to get you headed in the right direction. It’s better to show up with too much than not enough. Lastly, you know what you look and feel your best in. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in what you are wearing.